A Melbourne couple has had a lucky escape after a driver crashed his car into the living room of their home while they were in bed upstairs.
A 25-year-old man is expected to be charged with drink-driving and other offences over the crash, which left the house extensively damaged.
Police said the man had been seen driving erratically on Wells Road in Seaford in Melbourne’s south-east, before crashing into the house about 1:30am on Sunday morning.
One of the occupants of the house Shane Raison, who was asleep at the time of the crash, said the impact “felt like an earthquake”.
His partner Sarah Burgess said the crash was “so loud I thought I was dead”.
“I thought it had actually hit me.”
Local resident Keith Durung, who had been drinking in his backyard with a friend, heard a loud bang and immediately ran to check on Ms Burgess and Mr Raison.
“It was like a Kiss concert, there was just dust and smoke everywhere … I had a bad feeling,” he said.
Mr Raison and Ms Burgess later emerged from the house, shaken but unhurt.
Bryan Pollock and Keith Durung stopped the driver and his passenger from running away. (ABC News)
Meanwhile, the driver and his 22-year-old passenger tried to flee the scene but Mr Durung and his friend, Bryan Pollock, prevented the pair from leaving.
“The two blokes just came out and start legging it and we stopped them from doing a runner,” Mr Pollock said.
“I sort of just grabbed one by the throat and said ‘you’re staying there’,” Mr Durung said.
“I said, ‘shut up, stay there’.”
Mr Pollock said: “I just grabbed the other one like that and said, ‘you’re going with your mate’.”
Police said the driver, from Seaford, was breath-tested and returned a reading of 0.13.
Sarah Burgess and Shane Raison had been living in the house for less than two months. (ABC News)
Mr Raison and Ms Burgess said it was lucky they were not downstairs at the time of the crash.
“We’d be dead,” Mr Raison said.
“I would have been dead because that’s my side of the couch,” Ms Burgess said.
Mr Raison and Ms Burgess only moved into the house a month-and-a-half ago and will have to relocate while the damage is repaired.
Ms Burgess said she was “devastated”.
“The police chief came out before and he thinks that the house might be a write-off because structurally, they’ve sort of hit the corner,” she said.
“Fair to say it’s pretty wrecked,” Mr Raison said.
“It’s lucky the police got here before I got a hold of the blokes, I tell you what.”